Mansfield Town’s signing of Tyler Walker has served as a warning to the rest of League Two that they mean business this season.
Walker spent some of last season on loan in the Championship and a drop into the basement division came as a real shock when it was announced on Friday.
The son of Forest legend Des Walker, Tyler has been long regarded as a potential first team player at Forest, starting in the plans of manager Mark Warbuton but falling out of favour once Aitor Karanka arrived.
Whilst a loan deal seemed likely this season, the real surprise is the destination.
Mansfield might be on his doorstep in terms of location, but they’re a million miles away in terms of club stature.
Plenty of League One clubs would have been keen to take Walker on loan, but instead he’s turned up in the unlikeliest of places.
There’s even far bigger clubs in League Two, one of which sits just across the Trent from Forest, who could have provided Walker with the sort of surroundings he’s used to.
Meadow Lane is a fine ground, whereas Field Mill has only three sides and will offer a very different setting to the ones he is used to.
However, points are not award for average attendance or how nice your ground is, they’re given for teams who score more goals than the opposition and Walker will bring those to Field Mill.
They’ve got a frightening array of attackers now, with former Peterborough man Lee Angol looking to turn his spell with the Stags around this season too.
17-goal Danny Rose will also be eager to repeat his heroics of last season, meaning not only competition for laces, but a vast array of options for David Flitcroft’s side. Otis Khan, another Friday arrival, will chip in too, as well as helping provide Walker with the service he desires.
The Stags were very much on course for a top seven finish before Steve Evans moved to Peterborough and David Flitcroft struggled during his first few games in charge.
This summer he’s building a squad of his own and, thoroughly backed once again by a benevolent owner, he might just be capable of taking them even further than Evans threatened too.